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CALL FOR PROPOSALS – Lightning Talks

Submission Deadline: Sunday, September 10, 2023 (11:59 EDT)

The New York State Music Teachers Association is pleased to announce its Call for Lightning Talks for its Virtual Symposium on Saturday, October 14 via Zoom. All musicians and teachers (MTNA members/non-members) are encouraged to participate: collegiate chapters, college students, newly graduated young professionals, K-12 music teachers, private music teachers, and collegiate faculty. The submission deadline is September 10, 2023 (11:59pm EST).

Lightning Talks

As the name suggests, these are fast! Lightning Talks are 5-minute presentations on a music-related topic of choice. Visual aids such as PowerPoint slides are encouraged. The topics should be practical, applicable to a wide audience of musicians and teachers, and focused on a single idea.

The 5-minute limit for Lightning Talks is strictly enforced. Make sure your proposed talk will fit the time limit. The most effective lightning talks are usually specific and focused on a single topic/idea, rather than trying to provide summaries of many ideas.

Sample Lightning Talks 2021

  • Click here to submit your Lightning Talks proposal

We will notify applicants of the status by mid-September 2023. Selected presenters must register for the 2023 NYSMTA Virtual Symposium. Please direct any questions about the Lightning Talks proposals to: Dr. Asami Hagiwara (


Please direct any questions about the Lightning Talk or Poster Session proposals to: Dr. Asami Hagiwara at

Dr. Asami Hagiwara (SUNY Onondaga Community College)

Dr. Mary Holzhauer (Ithaca College)
Co-Chairs, Lightning Talks

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